Megan Melgaard

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Megan Melgaard
Megan Melgaard
Megan Melgaard with Ashton Kutcher
Megan Melgaard is a pool and open water swimmer, triathlete, adventure athlete, coach, and safety officer with an MBA and a Masters Degree in Information Technology that gives her an opportunity to consult and manage projects across the world.

She has raced around islands and acted in a feature film as a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer as well as led water safety programs for Delta Airlines.


Athletic Career

Following a successful competitive swimming career at the University of Florida and as a member of the United States National Swim Team, Megan became a professional extreme and endurance athlete, specializing in open water swimming, cycling, cyclocross, on and off road triathlon, and adventure racing. She did the Race Across America and won the Georgia State Cyclocross Championships as well as finished second at the Swim Around Key West in Florida and set the swim course record for the XTerra World Championships in Maui.

Coaching Career

For over 15 years, she has successfully trained amateur, world-class and professional athletes to become stronger and faster in their respective disciplines. She has trained professionals in multiple sports, including swimming, triathlon, football, boxing and running. Megan can be found in the open water over 25 hours a week, conducting open water lessons, clinics, from the water with her goggles on, on a paddle board or on a kayak.

Safety Training

Megan has spent the last several years of her life obtaining training and certifications as they relate to open water swimming and wilderness adventure. She teaches three-year-old graduates of the local Infant Swimming Resource program to learn the proper swimming techniques and survive in the water and assists flight attendants in Open Water Evacuation Procedures. Megan has a broad understanding and appreciation of safety and emergency skills as a USA Triathlon certified Race Director and Swim Course Coordinator.

Film Career

She appeared in the film, The Guardian, with Hollywood A-list actors including Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Costner. She worked as a safety diver for the Discovery Channel and a Location Scout for water-based commercials and films. Megan has also completed her certifications for Super Level 1 Motion Picture Stunt Driving as well as her NAUI Scuba Diving Certification for Action Film Scuba Diving.

She competed in an adventure-based reality TV show called The Nevada Passage where she spent six days rock climbing, jet skiing, mountain biking and snowshoeing, sand boarding and kayaking. She helped produce the sports documentary Living is Winning and has been in front and behind the camera for NBC and ESPN - and even had the time to successfully launch a niche swimwear company a decade ago.

Open Water

• 2011 Masters Pan American Games 3K Open Water, Nov 2011, 1st place OVERALL (34 min 35 sec)
• Georgia Games 3K, July 2011, 1st place
• Georgia State Games Open Water Championships 5K, July 2010 (54 min 29 sec)
• 34th Annual 12.5 mile Swim Around Key West, 2nd place (4:45:06)
• 40th Annual Ft Lauderdale Rough Water Swim, 1st place (22:41:10)
• New Orleans 1/2 Ironman, Fastest Female 1.2 mile swim, 2010
• 1st place Overall Great Florida Challenge Aquabike, 2010
• 1st place Overall, 1st place woman, Inaugural 1 K Brooklyn Bridge Swim, NY, NY, September 2006
• 1st place 25-29 age group, 1 Mile Don Burns Open Water Swim, Newport, CA, Aug 2006
• 1st place Overall, 1st place woman, 1.2 Open Water Swim Charlotte, NC, August 2005
• 1st place woman, 2.4 Open Water Swim Charlotte, NC, July 2005
• 1st place woman, 5K Lake Lanier Open Water Swim, June 2005
• Wild Women Water Days, 2nd place, 1.5 mile open water swim 2003

Pool Swimming

• FINA Masters World Championships, 1st place: 200 Back, 200 Freestyle, 400 Freestyle
• USMS National Championships, 1st place: 200 Back (2:02.81), 200 Freestyle (1:51.35), 500 Freestyle (4:55.06), 1,000 Freestyle (9:59:80)
• Silver Medalist, Pan American Games, Swimming, 4x200 Freestyle Relay 1999
• United States National Champion, Swimming, 4x200 Freestyle Relay, 1999
• 5th place, 1650 yard freestyle, 1999 NCAA Championships (16:20)
• 7th place, 500 yard freestyle, 1999 NCAA Championships
• 8th place, 800 yard freestyle relay, 1999 NCAA Championships
• 2nd place, 500 yard freestyle, 1999 SEC Championships
• 4th place, 1650 yard freestyle, 1999 SEC Championships
• Jr National Champion, 800 meter freestyle 1995
• Member of 2001 SEC Championship Team, University of Florida, Women’s Swimming
• 5-time All-American (Swimming – University of Florida)
• Maryland State Swimmer of the Year 1998
• Maryland State Record Holder, 200 meter freestyle

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OWS Conferences
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